End the war.
The United Church of Canada is adding its voice to the global A Light of Peace Prayer Campaign for Peace and Reunification on the Korean Peninsula. Join us on June 25 for an online prayer vigil led by Moderator Richard Bott, with HyeRan Kim-Cragg (Timothy Eaton Memorial Church Associate Professor of Preaching at Emmanuel College) and representatives from United Church partners the National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the Presbyterian Church in the Republic of Korea (PROK).
June 25, 2020 marks 70 years since the start of the Korean War in 1950. Halted by an armistice in 1953, the Korean War has never officially ended. Although armed conflict has ceased, tensions remain high and extreme militarization has persisted on both sides of the Peninsula for seven decades. In solidarity with Korean people, we pray for healing, reunification, and an end to war.
This special event links the United Church with the World Council of Churches' (WCC's) global prayer campaign A Light of Peace, inspired by United Church partners in Korea. The campaign invites people of faith around the world to pray and act for peace on the Korean Peninsula and for a world free from war and nuclear weapons.
Join Us on YouTube
A Light of Peace will be livestreamed on The United Church of Canada's YouTube Channel. You will be able to observe the vigil as well as chat and comment through this page.
Plan to pray with us live on June 25. Note that the 8 pm start time is for Eastern Time; please adjust for your local contexts.
Find Out More
- View these invitational videos that feature a diversity of voices from across the church, including the Rev. Dr. OhWang Kwon (Knox United Church, Consort, AB); the Rev. Young Seo Lee (Alma United Church, Alma, ON); the Rev. SunDo Hyun (Grace United Church, Meadow Lake, SK); the Rev. Hoeun Lee (Coteau Hills Pastoral Charge, Birsay and Lucky Lake, SK); the Rev Dr. Kay Cho (Thornhill, ON); the Rev. Catherine Christie (Abbey, SK); the Rev. Dr. David Kim-Cragg (Saskatoon, SK); and Dr. John Egger (United Church Co-worker in Mission, Seoul).
- Reflect on these prayers and stories from the NCCK and the WCC. A Light of Peace runs from March 1 to August 15, 2020; during this time, the NCCK and the WCC will publish 70 prayers and stories to represent the 70 years since the outbreak of the Korean War. These short stories and prayers lift up the hope for ending the war and building a permanent peace system on the Korean Peninsula. They can be found on the NCCK's website (note that the 70 prayers and stories are available in Korean and English—click on the piece you would like to read and you will see the Korean text posted first and an English translation following it).
- Read Divided by War, a tale of two Korean brothers forced into the military on different sides during the Korean War by United Church minister Kyongja (Kay) Cho.
- Discover further opportunities to take action for peace on the Korean Peninsula.